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When it comes to the top NBA players of all time, there's plenty of speculation and room for debate, though many may not think so. Though Michael Jordan is easily considered the greatest player ever, some may say players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or Kevin Durant give him a run for his money. Who are the best NBA players? This list includes the best basketball players in NBA history, along with the top basketball players today.

Anyone can vote on the best NBA players here, which means these players are truly fan favorites. NBA fans can even add their own rankings to this list. Whether they have a famous jumper that just won't quit or ball-handling skills that leave their opponents spinning, these top 100 NBA players rule the hoop and the hardwood, and this list is a celebration of those skills. This list should answer who is the top 100, top 10, and best NBA player ever. 

If you've ever asked, "Who's the greatest basketball player of all time?", look no further. Ranked by votes from thousands of fans, this list features the all time NBA GOATs, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird. Vote up the best basketball player ever, and those who follow close behind. 

list ordered by

1
54,266 14,057
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
15,942 19,956
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
28,670 16,137
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

4
29,842 17,674
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

5
26,173 16,715
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

6
15,849 13,224
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

7
42,122 19,804
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

8
35,773 21,490
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Charine Day added Los Angeles Lakers

9
23,674 13,559
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
29,837 14,771
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

11
24,996 12,239
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

12
20,454 10,269
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

13
22,690 10,592
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

14
7,310 7,549
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

15
12,163 8,131
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

16
8,574 7,291
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

17
10,592 8,275
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Detroit Pistons

18
8,084 6,184
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

19
7,691 6,648
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

20
12,713 8,164
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

21
15,060 7,975
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies

22
12,055 8,556
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

23
4,771 5,393
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

24
12,345 7,145
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz

25
7,673 6,047
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

26
13,048 6,836
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks

27
4,679 5,058
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

28
10,285 5,842
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
San Antonio Spurs

29
10,976 5,864
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

30
12,485 7,842
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

31
13,139 7,457
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors

32
11,916 7,406
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
zach2003ludwig added Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

33
9,836 6,378
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

34
10,593 5,536
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Golden State Warriors

35
1,880 2,972
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

36
7,922 5,084
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

37
2,300 2,583
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

38
7,942 5,125
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Indiana Pacers

39
6,581 4,550
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

40
5,616 3,541
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

41
7,457 4,571
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
bulls added Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

42
5,901 3,405
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
kaylive added Oklahoma City Thunder

43
5,062 3,762
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

44
5,211 4,211
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics

45
5,273 3,471
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

46
5,382 4,056
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

47
2,015 2,377
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

48
6,851 4,317
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

49
6,355 4,144
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets

50
1,462 1,899
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players Of All Time
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets